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Ireland is an island, west of Great Britain and northwest of continental Europe. In 1921, Ireland began to demand its independence from Great Britain, leading to partitioning of the island. The Republic of Ireland shares the island with Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom. The Republic of Ireland encompasses about four-fifths of the island, and the population is about 4.5 million people.

The government of the Republic of Ireland is a parliamentary democracy with a president as head of state and a prime minister as head of government.

In the 19th century with the Great Famine, Ireland endured a mass emigration that continued until the 1980s. During the 1990s, however, that trend reversed, and Ireland experienced one of the most vibrant economies worldwide – the “Celtic Tiger” period. With the 2008 global economic crisis, Ireland is now experiencing recession and the return of high unemployment.

Currency EUR: Euro
Language Irish and English
Capital Dublin
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Latest Alert April 06, 2021 - COVID-19 Precautionary Measures in Ireland (6 April Update)

Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Ireland. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis A

There is a low risk for hepatitis A virus exposure in Ireland through contaminated food or water.

Hepatitis B

There is a low risk for acquiring hepatitis B in Ireland.


The UK National Travel Health Network and Centre notes that no cases of indigenous rabies have been confirmed in humans or animal species, but bats may carry bat rabies. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that travellers involved in remote outdoor activities might come in contact with bats. Persons with occupational risks (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers) may have some risk of exposure.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Ireland.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

Although the there is a low risk of exposure to hepatitis A for this country, the vaccination is still recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

Although there is a low risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country, the vaccination is still recommended.

Rabies Vaccine

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends rabies vaccination for travellers involved in remote outdoor activities that might involve contact with bats.

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Ireland.

None required.

Safety and Security in Ireland

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Personal Safety

Most travellers to Ireland do not experience any safety or security risks as the country is generally safe. However, petty crime can occur in major cities and other tourist areas. Travellers should secure their valuables and travel documents, especially passports. Car theft in Dublin can also occur, with rental cars being the most commonly targeted vehicles. Credit card scams are becoming more common. Violent crime in Ireland is rare but can occur in major cities.

Road conditions are generally good however rural roads may be narrow and winding. Drive on the left hand side of the road.

Same-sex sexual activity and marriage are both legal in Ireland and discrimination based on sexual orientation is prohibited.

Political Unrest

Travellers are advised to avoid strikes, demonstrations, or large gatherings since these situations can escalate unexpectedly.

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